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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Thirsty? Drink This

Thirsty? Drink This

As the weather heats up, you may find yourself getting thirsty more often. Before you reach for a sugary drink, try some water, instead.

Water is one of the single most important things your body needs to survive. It makes up more than half of your weight, and helps your body to do a lot of important things. For instance, your blood needs water to flow, and carry oxygen to all the cells of your body. Water is an important component in lymph, a fluid that helps your immune system fight off disease and infection. Water also helps you digest your food, and to create sweat, which rids your body of toxins and helps you to stay cool.

Drinking plenty of water is good for your looks, too, because it can improve the condition of your skin and hair, and help you to maintain a healthy weight.

But what if you don’t like plain water?

Try a carbonated water, such as mineral water or seltzer. Many varieties even have a small amount of flavoring to keep things interesting.

Or add a little natural flavoring to your own tap water at home. Many high priced spas now add cucumber slices to their water. Add a whole cucumber to a pitcher of water, and keep it handy in the fridge, or add half a cucumber to a Thermos or reusable bottle of water when you’re on the go. The cucumber not only softens the water, making it smoother, it also adds a slightly tangy flavor many find appealing (no pun intended).

Cucumber tastes great alongside more traditional add-ins, such as lemon, lime, or orange. The citrus fruits work just as well on their own, though. Add several slices of one whole fruit to a pitcher of water, or mix and match.

Be sure to check out our other tips to for preventing heat exhaustion.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.